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Клуб убийц буквThe Letter Killers Club Is A Secret Society Of Self Described Conceivers Who, To Preserve The Purity Of Their Conceptions, Will Commit Nothing To Paper What, After All, Is Your Run Of The Mill Scribbler Of Stories If Not An Accomplished Corruptor Of Conceptions The Logic Of The Club Is Strict And Uncompromising Every Saturday, Members Meet In A Firelit Room Filled With Empty Black Bookshelves Where They Strive To Top One Another By Developing Ever Unlikelier, Ever Perfect Conceptions A Rehearsal Of Hamlet Hijacked By An Actor Who Vanishes With The Role The Double Life Of A Merry Medieval Cleric Derailed By A Costume Change A Machine Run World That Imprisons Men S Minds While Conscripting Their Bodies A Dead Roman Scribe Stranded This Side Of The River Acheron But In This Book Set In An Ominous Soviet Moscow Of The 1920s, The Members Of The Club Are Strangely Mistrustful Of One Another, While All Are Under The Spell Of Its Despotic President, And There Is No Telling, In The End, Just How Lethal The Purely Conceptual Or, For That Matter, Letters May Be. Whoa, this was really wonderful It s an extremely slim 112 pages volume of linked stories, all told by members of a secret club who are trying to escape physical writing, either written or read, for various reasons Each week, one member shares a story, and the book mostly hinges on the quality of these.The first is a meta play about Hamlet told from the perspective of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but about 40 years ahead of Stoppard, and it s remarkable.The second is just decent, a story about the Medieval Feast of the Ass But here the advantages of the format began to become apparent the listeners critique the story fairly accurately and so the plot began to modulate and shift This was thrilling.The third is in the Zamyatin school of sci fi anxiety, and anticipates the Borg, and just felt thoroughly ahead of its time.The fourth and fifth I won t spoil, but suffice it to say that the structure begins to collapse on itself characters re appear, members of the club have their now known aesthetic views imposed on narrative, and we begin to question our narrator And so what we re left with is a tiny, essential mixture of Calvino and Cervantes a direct D.Q reference kicks things off , of Joyce and Cortazar This makes it sounds keyed up, but what I like BEST about it is that it is decidedly unpretentious and takes on it s meta experimentalism with ease and believe it or not modesty There s a romance and
Stop Yes, You Stop Don t Read Any Further No, I m serious Like SERIOUS STOP I m not going to repeat STOP, RIGHT, HERE Ha, you didn t listen, did you Well then, be prepared to sever ties with only ever thing that made your enriching circle of reading, comprehending, reflecting, retrieving and disseminating complete and visible to the world Words Writers, in essence, are professional word tamers if the words walking down the lines were living creatures, they would surely fear and hate the pen s nib as tamed animals do the raised whip You are at the entry gate of The Letter Killers Club , C o Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Perception Lane, PO Floating Ideation, Wanderers District Now, shed your pompous lexis at the phantasm rug and remove your premium leather vocabulary shoes by its side Ease the creases on your expressive forehead lest they still throb of your age ol garrulously decorative tremors Done Good With this sterilization of words, we are qualified now to enter his club Let s step in.This room we have stepped into is a white inflated lattice of skeletal black bookshelves that have been robbed off their spines But did you think they are empty Not quite They are teeming with life like a
This shit is so meta l Haha Heh No Presented through a group of strictly oral storytellers, with a Diderot ian listener narrator forever making his and the reader s presence known via direct appeal, this 1920 s novella rolls out as a collection of short stories whose tellers use their paperless creations to poke and prod and reinterpret one another s ideas, linking it all together in an impressively well assembled collage of a Charlie Kaufman esque reinterpretation of Hamlet, a dystopian horror story that is as unsubtle in its message as it is terrifying in its vision, and a handful of wanderer s tales featuring court jester priests, trance walking maidens, and drunken paupers seeking the main purpose of the mouth is it to kiss, to eat, or to speak I hear ya with the Borges name dropping, and it s not a cheap comparison by any stretch Fans of him will most likely be all a
Then I told them about experiments in cultivating flowers without light the result, curiously, is always an exceedingly tall branching plant, but put that gloom grown specimen next to ordinary plants used to night and day and you will find it fragile, withered, and pale.I ve read this an early mid example of K s work, written when he was new to Moscow and hadn t yet sampled the failure that was to be his experience of publishing twice now, and find it to be immune to the above description, maybe gloom grown , but unlike the later work I ve read NYRB s Memories of the Future not tall, fragile, whithered or pale Branching, yes five stories, which could stand independently, fused to the central conceit of the Letter Killers Club, a Saturday evening ritual conducted by authors dedicated to non publication, in which they narrate, discuss, improvise and re contort their conceptions Ingenious, meticulous, solidly crafted, the branches of this bansai balance beautifully, yet the result is some hybrid which baffles as it inspires The workmanship, now that is inspired And the stories ta
The Russian Borges will do well enough to describe Krzhizhanovsky, although Ficciones was written twenty years after this book Aggressively meta and weird, he comes by way of Gogol and Zamyatin, and so I ve heard Kafka although that influence doesn t show here Either it appears in his other works, or lazy people just like to throw around the word Kafkaesque because it sounds cool Joanne Turnbull claims that Krzhizhanovsky didn t read Kafka until over a decade after writing this Anyway at his best he s such a stunner that he gets five stars despite the fact that two out of four stories in this book don t really make any sense.But let s talk about the ones that do Krzhizhanovsky starts with a shotgun blast of a story in which Stern half of the Hamlet character Guildenstern, who is dead, and don t ask visits the Land of Roles and is doppelganged by Richard Burbage, Shakespeare s original Hamlet Krzhizhanovsky is talking about the way we inhabit roles, and to what extent the role becomes the person It s crafty and funny and a terrific commentary on Shakespeare s tendency to write in d
In cases of stories with presented as a novel via a narrative frame the two most common cases are 1 stories are stronger than frame, and really don t need it around at all Possibly narrative frame undermines stories altogether.2 Narrative frame intrigues, but is strained by effort to hold disconnected stories together.Typically, either of these cases are the result of the stories written previously without inhernet connection finding themselves shoe horned together for publication at a later date Much better, usually, are cases like the one I suspect here stories concieved as units of a whole from the very start.K s deft work here sees the whole subtly informed by the parts and vice versa Bits of the stories even cross over between themesleves, which especially astonishes since these range so widely in tone and subje
Just an update As on 2.11.2018As i read Manguel s A History of Reading recently and it has been some time since, that I have allowed it to sink in, I am wondering if The Letter killers club by Krzhizhanovsky apart from its meta fictional layer, is also a homage to tradition of ancient oral narration an anti text, an anti reading and writing tradition The line of this interpretation is of course flickered by reading Socrates advise about futility of reading a written text Comparing a muted painting to a lifeless text, given life by imagination of a reader s own knowledge In short nothing gained in the process A reader must be singularly simple minded to believe that written words can do anything than remind one of what one already knows Socrates to Phaedrus Quoted from Alberto Manguel s A history of Reading.Though I had already decided to re read certain parts of most of the books that I read this year, this book will demand a closer reading Let me try to write a review after doing it.I read two stories from this book yesterday.Before talking about those stories, let me say a few things about the general idea of the work It is about a group of conceivers as they call themselves , who have stopped writing stories and have turned themselves into
Wow a collection of stories which are imaginative with a brilliant backdrop Loved the stories on Hamlet , the story on death and the one with the three men who travelled around the land to get answers to their questions The story on exes did my head in though For me reading this novel was like trying to set wet timber alight All the materials I needed were present, and there were a few sparks, but I just couldn t get a flame to take hold The framework of the book reminded me of If on a Winter s Night a Traveler a series of unconnected or very slightly connected stories linked by a sequential narrative but it lacked all of the fun and much of the invention of that wonderful book I think I understood some of the author s intentions the slipperiness of identity the mutability and malleability of our projected selves and the sense we have of our overall physical selves etc , but I found few of the stories sustained my interest and one in particular, about humans being transformed into automatons, was just far too familiar although it may have been very original in 1926 The tale that links each story is also less than compelling.There were a couple of parts of the book that intrigued me, the diversion around the figure of Notker the Stammerer was of interest because he is an important figure in early polyphonic chant something I like very much
The Letter Killer s Club is a collection of interconnected stories, with a powerful frame tale, that ends up challenging and usurping the wondrous works created in the freestyle storytelling of the titular group The group explores roles and role playing in many of their stories In the first story Richard Burbage plays the role of Stern who in turn, along with Guilden, represents the twinning of Guildenstern , this is further complicated with the Role itself being a character Or, specifically, an actors version of a role this is where Burbage comes in We see this again in the second story, which is a traditional idea of sacred and profane coexisting or really being two ends of the same spectrum with neutral actors taking on different roles of sacred the priest , and profane the jester He achieves this by a simple change of clothing Yet this story is the second version of the story Father Paulin, who attempts to marry Fran oise and Pierre during the Feast of the Ass Of course here we have a sacred ceremony being attempted in the middle of a debauched festival And the two sides of the spectrum are achieved through custom and tradition and not raiment And yet the details here are insignificant, as Sigizmund s stories are what one of the storytellers refers to as people themes as opposed to people plots And what ties these masterful stories together is thematic, and not plot driven Ev